Putin Is Losing His Grip on the War And Reality.

Mobilization and Annexation Won’t solve his issues.

Niall Leah
6 min readOct 11, 2022
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Faced with more and more military setbacks, a deteriorating military situation, and growing unrest at home, shouldn’t Putin now be on his way to the negotiating table?

It would have been the rational thing. Cut losses and try to save some face with a settlement while he still could.

Turns out Putin is less rational than everyone thought.

Instead, he has taken the fateful decision to escalate the war into a total winner takes (Or loses) all confrontation determined to commit his country to absolute victory.

Even as the war looks less and less winnable for Russia, his words convey confidence that victory is just around the corner.

Putin is looking so disconnected from reality that I’m being reminded of that scene in Downfall.

The moment finally arrived.

On the 21 of September, Putin took the long-anticipated step of widening the scope of the war. Russia finally began a “partial” mobilization. It’s a move that has been dubbed the mogilizatsia In Russia, a pun using the Russian words for death and mobilization.



Niall Leah

An ex-pat from the UK living in Chengdu, China. I satisfy my endless curiosity about the incredible journey of humanity by reading, traveling, and writing.